AHQ INSIDER Lake Greenwood (SC) Summer Fishing Report – Updated August 10
Lake Greenwood water temperatures are in the mid-80s, and water levels are at 438.70 (full pool is 440.0).
Veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter is pleased to report that bass fishing on Lake Greenwood has improved, with more and bigger fish being caught recently – particularly in night tournaments. The pattern remains about the same, with anglers fishing deep around brush in 15-18 feet of water. They are mostly throwing Texas-rigged worms, some big crankbaits, and with the lake’s growing spotted bass population anglers are sure to get takers on drop-shotted worms. Throwing shakey head worms around docks is also generating some bites, particularly deeper docks in 10 feet or so of water.
Early in the morning there is some very isolated topwater activity, and throwing baits around sea walls or the last of the bream beds is getting some action. There is no schooling activity to speak of.
On the catfish front, Captain Chris Simpson reports that from what he hears there is little change in the channel cat bite. However, reports indicate that the night time flathead bite has been good. Live bream and white perch fan-casted on humps and points in the 5-20 foot range, combined with some patience, give you a chance at hooking a large flathead or two.
Lake Greenwood water temperatures are in the mid- to high-80s, and water levels are at 438.97 (full pool is 440.0).
Bass fishing on Lake Greenwood remains tough, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that it’s only been taking 12-14 pounds to win and 8 or so pounds to get a check in night tournaments. The pattern remains relatively unchanged, with the addition that decent numbers of fish have been caught with drop shot rigs fished around brush piles in 15-18 feet of water. However, most of these fish have been small to medium with a lot of introduced spotted bass in the mix. There have also been some fish caught shallow around bream beds.
On the catfish front, Captain Chris Simpson reports that anchoring on points and humps and fan-casting stinkbait is the best bet to get channel catfish of all sizes in the boat right now. 5-20 feet is typically the best depth at this time of year. If you want to target larger channel catfish or flatheads doing the same thing with live bream or perch is a good option, and cut herring and shad will also work well for bigger channels.
Lake Greenwood water temperatures are in the mid-80s, and water levels are at 439.09 (full pool is 440.0).
A few weeks ago veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reported that the offshore bass bite on Lake Greenwood had gotten good, and there were some nice sacks being caught even in abbreviated night tournaments. With the summer heat fishing has gotten tougher, however, and the big offshore limits have gotten smaller. On Wednesday it took less than 12 pounds to win a night tournament.
Overall the pattern is unchanged, and fishing deep brush with crankbaits and worms is still the best way to catch fish. Besides the fish getting smaller the only other significant change is that early and late in the evening some fish can be found schooling out over the brush, humps and points. These fish, too, are generally smaller.
Lake Greenwood water levels have risen to the low 80s, and water levels are at 439.0 (full pool is 440.0).
The bass fishing has turned around on Lake Greenwood, and veteran tournament angler Stan Gunter reports that it took 18 pounds to win a night tournament on Wednesday. Fish are solidly in a summer pattern and there are some good fish getting out there deep. The best fishing is coming fishing around brush in 15-18 feet of water with deep diving crankbaits like the 6XD, DD-22, or DT-16 or big, Texas rigged worms like Zoom Ole Monsters. While Stan is targeting the middle of the lake deep fishing is good all over from one end to the other.
First thing in the morning you can still catch some fish on topwater lures around sea walls, but it’s rare to catch a good one that way.
The catfish bite is still very strong on Greenwood, and Captain Chris Simpson reports that both drifting and anchoring are working to catch channel cats. Drifting in and out of the feeder creeks on the lower end, and across shallow flats up the rivers, are both working well. Target 5-15 feet of water with shrimp and cut herring. It also working to anchor on points in 5-20 feet and fan cast dip baits, especially for numbers of fish.
At night the flathead bite has been good with live bait anchored on shallow, brush-filled humps and points.